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Breaking Tradition

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Some time ago

...
In every home

......
You could find me there

The host of secrets

...
I keep to myself

......
Defying not thin air

Protecting some

...
For a time

......
Sporadic perhaps my care

No longer needed

...
Out with a twist

......
But no reason to despair

For hardly no more

...
Do you see me

......
In fact I am quite rare

And now you know

...
Not how I look

......
But how I do compare

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Well more great answers but not the one I am hoping for. The blame definitely goes to the original riddle. Have been struggling with a rewrite that hopefully gives better info while still adequately hiding the answer.

Some time ago

...I could be seen

......In kitchens everywhere

The host of gifts

...That I may keep

......Yet little time to spare

Protecting some

...Those little beasts

......Sporadic perhaps my care

Made obsolete

...Out with a twist

......No reason to despair

So hardly now

...Will it be found

......In fact I am quite rare

More common today

...Not how I look

......But how I do compare

My apologies. Thanks to all for sticking with this one.

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Yes indeed! Thanks for solving this one. Hopefully the fact that you thought of the answer before both confirms the need for the rewrite and means it did not make it too too easy. Certainly not to take anything away from the fabulously clever t_l. Here's some of my muddled thinking:

Some time ago

In every home

You could find me there - a breadbox used to be more common

The host of secrets - the Host of Secrets meant as bread which I suspect vee's brain was onto with the religious guesses

I keep to myself - it stores and hopefully helps keep

Defying not thin air - cant keep fresh for long

Protecting some

For a time - not the perfect solution from vermin and bugs

Sporadic perhaps my care - and maybe mold

No longer needed

Out with a twist - replaced essentially by the plastic bag and/or maybe that little twist tie

But no reason to despair

For hardly no more

Do you see me - maybe double meaning with not finding hard bread

In fact I am quite rare - as well as the obvious no longer common meaning

And now you know

Not how I look - would guess most here with a computer would live in a more modern high-tech home and have never seen a breadbox

But how I do compare - and would more likely have heard of a breadbox from the saying "is it bigger than a breadbox?"

again, my apologies to the international crowd who may not be familiar with this American idiom coined by Steve Allen on the TV gameshow "What's my Line"

Thanks to all who played along. Had a blast as always. Be back soon.

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Fun as always, and I needed something to do while awake at ungodly hours. :P:lol:

(Therefore, I'll wish everyone a lovely day/weekend as I go back to bed for a few more.)

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